It’s In The Bag ……

After quite some time now I have finally got around to doing another workshop at My Sewing Basket ….. Donna kept on at me and I gave way and made sure I allowed myself some time to run a workshop in making the wonderful padded tote bag that I originally saw on MissouriQuiltCo You Tube page ….. Fantastic tutorial that I have tweeked for my ease.

It translated really well for 4 wonderful ladies Margaret, Christine, Judy and Barbara.  All have varied levels of sewing skills but that worked to our advantage as it became a lovely support one another type day. It’s rewarding to watch people who start the day as strangers interact with one another and share skills and experiences.

As ever I under estimated how much time I needed!  Really I must always add an extra hour to allow for the lovely friendly banter that happens.

Excellent taste prevailed today with beautiful fabric choices as you can see and despite Margaret having to leave before she had finished, she has enough skill to finish at home and has promised a picture of her finished item.

I chose a fairly thick wadding so it gave us a few challenges but well worth it as the finished products were AWESOME 🙂

This is such a versatile  design, size up or down for various tasks : book bag, shopping tote, make up bag etc.

My previous variety of totes came along for the ride as a demonstration of how versatile the design is and the many fancy finishes you can put on for added personality.

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variety of totes

variety of totes

To think I really didn't like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it's my most favourite ;)

To think I really didn’t like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it’s my most favourite 😉

At the end of the workshop my delightful ladies left with very professional looking totes and without exception all seemed very happy with their results so I really can’t ask for anymore can I?

Donna has already started on at me for the next workshop …….. Doesn’t she know I work?  A detail that she is keen to skip over and if I’m honest, I rather like ;). Makes me feel wanted ….. The chance to share my love of crafting is a gift….. One my darling Mum gave to me all those years ago.  Wouldn’t be fair to be selfish and keep it to myself now would it?

What do you think of the finished results my lovelies?

 

 

Ravelry Raver …. REALLY Recommend

Dearest Dellis at curlsnskirls pointed me towards Ravelry several weeks ago during a skype. I dipped in and liked what I saw, as a result my first ever real crochet project happened, a Minion Beanie which was well recieved by DD2.

You may recall from last Summer dear reader that I was fortunate enough to meet a fantastic group of ladies at a sewing workshop I ran. Well this same set of Super Mum’s have said they fancy a go at crochet and we have agreed to do a crochet coffee morning at one of the ladies homes. Currently we are sorting a date for one Saturday this month.

My usual stupid o’clock trick this morning, wandering aroundthe house like Billy No Mates! Thought to myself, now’s a good time to do a bit of research for the coffee morning. I needed to tick several boxes:

1. Good for beginners

2. Will produce an end result quickly to keep enthusiasm going

3. Not too demanding on my arthritic thumbs ( I look enough of a moron without extra help)

4. Cost effective for my Super Mum’s (SMs from here on in)

5. Practical

So with this list in mind I hit Ravelry.com and had a good old mooch around the free crochet patterns. As I am, I guess you would describe as an intermediate crocheter I was looking for something I would have wanted to be taught. Challenging enough but not so tough as to lose the will to live type project. Well I found it! A wonderful snuggly infinity scarf/cowl that is perfect for the UK winter as we are about to enter into the coldest part of our year.

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The pattern has been designed by Stephanie Jessica Lau, find her wonderful blog here.

Enormous thanks to her for being generous enough to share with the world for free, being creative enough to come up with a simple yet very effective pattern and the easy to follow written and pictorial instructions.

Am keeping everything crossed that my SMs will approve of my choice….. if SMs are reading this blog TRUST ME you can do it, truly you can 😉

I did choose a rather pricey yarn but that was because I was being a petulent only child and had to do it NOOOOOW! Therefore HH had to take me to Hobbycraft on a Sunday to buy yarn. Wasn’t madly impressed by the selection their Milton Keynes branch have so settle for this very pretty coloured yarn despite it being costly.

The balls were only 50g and are 51% wool 49% acrylic, thus it is heavier and less yeilding than the pattern so in turn I used more than the pattern suggested …… this resulted in a second trip to Hobbycraft for extra balls!!! I am so lucky I have a very patient HH!

If I had everything in front of me from the getgo then this would have taken approx 3 hours to complete which I was delighted with. I’m not super fast with the old hook, it’s my thumbs you know (my story and I’m sticking to it).

For SMs think we will go with a chunky rather than super chunky, be way more organised and buy online as the savings are substantial here in the UK if you do it that way, again trimming some cost off. Currently amongst the great unemployed myself at the moment I am very mindful of making a £ stretch as far as possible (always have been careful in truth).

With SMs permission I will post some pictures here once we have had our coffee, crochet and chat 😉

Howdy!

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era's.... this is circa 1940's

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era’s…. this is circa 1940’s

Failure to comply with my own rule of blog each Sunday has led to an overwhelming feeling of bloguilt today!

I am battling with a vintage creation. A wonderful little clutch bag and maybe even a hat, think I have successfully deciphered the pattern but the vintage fabric isn’t being quite so compliant. I found an odd vintage curtain in the loveliest fabric and now know after cutting that I will in future put my fusible facing onto the fabric BEFORE cutting. Dabnabit, it slid all over the place ….. I think my dog was privy to a few unsavoury words as I chased it about.(fabric not the dog)

As a seasoned seamstress I knew full well to put it away for the day lest I take my hissy mood out on the make …. which I must confess I have done before. Outcome, everything goes even further south.

May get a bit done tomorrow but my priority is a private lesson with 2 utterly delightful ladies who have little ones who have dwarfism. This brings such challenges for them as they want for the gorgeous little ones to be dressed snazzily but off the shelf just doesn’t work. Whilst they learn tomorrow, I too shall be learning not having yet had the opportunity to teach this specialist area. I am expecting it to be fascinating as I so want to be able to pass some skills along that will in turn allow these devoted Mum’s to use their creative juices for there little loved ones.

Look forward to telling you all more about that at another time.

Expertly Modelled By Big Ted

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Lacking a 4 year old for the job I whispered in Big Ted’s shell like (ear) and suggested that although he’s an old boy he would rock the halloween look. 

I think you will agree he really does, kindly throwing some excellent shapes like an old pro so that I could share with you, as promised possible cape for my coming Halloween Hoolie workshop.

What do you think?

What A Rotter !

Having led these lovely ladies down the garden path last week by assuring them this little skirt was suitable for beginners, I led the way this week (2nd week) and set them up to get sewing like their very own sewing bee.

Only when they had near on completed their skirts did I tell them this is actually an intermediate creation with all it’s french seams and being fully reversible and an elastic casing!!!

Every single one without exception had just tucked in and taken the challenge head on, I so admire that courage.

We had a wonderful giggle along the way with ‘nails’, code name for one of us leading the hilarity.

Can it be right to have this much fun whilst working  … HELL YES!

What Did That Fabric Turn Into ???

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Photo Fest Gives Me Away!

Less than a month at blogging and here I am subjecting you to my every sewing move … I take my hat off to my darling followers, sticking with the incessant chatter you are doing real well. Having said that, try being inside my head, it’s pretty crowded out with ideas and darn noisy so maybe you get a slightly better deal!

Today was week one of Kiddies Klobber workshop for beginners and as you can see by my pictures the ladies did an outstanding job.  I made the decision to keep these workshops small so that 1 on 1 is readily available.  The extra benefit has been, the ladies have all had a chance to get to know a bit about one another so the atmosphere has been relaxed and social. PERFECT.

 

I would like to take this opportunity as I sit here all heavy eyed and feeling very snoozy now after my exciting day to say THANK YOU. I am enjoying your comments and encourage more, the international dialogue is such fun. The world in my living. As my beautiful Mum would have said “well go to the foot of my stairs” which is a rather quirky UK thing translating to I’m surprised! Those of you within my generation, even in the 1980’s could we ever have conceived of such a social medium. We would have called it witchcraft! It’s marvellous, exciting and just a little bit scary.

Nunite from Blighty ( good night from England )

Technicolor Reversible Skirts

Technicolor Reversible Skirts

This super stash of fabrics will next week be magically turned into reversible skirts and with any luck and a good wind behind me (Oi, lay off the curry Mrs ) more happy faces.

Keep your fingers crossed for me please x

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Hard At It

Hard At It

Modifying our simple pattern to fit their unique, special little ones

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Fancy French Seams

Fancy French Seams

Before launching into ‘the make’ my ladies are all new to our world so we had a little practice session at my favourite seam finish, they all did great.

Big light bulb moment as they put that final row of stitches in and turned their work over. HEY PRESTO! Perfect French Seams

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